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August 2, 2000

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'We shared so much... is it really time to day goodbye?'
The World Trek team has returned home to a triumphant re-entry to the United States! I left home one year ago exactly. I set out on this adventure with eyes and heart open wide and ready to welcome new places, people, culture, and challenges. I joined the team in Mali, Africa, and I had no idea what the trek would be like.

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Niger kid waving at me
My adventures took me down the Niger river in Mali where small, beautiful babies waved from their villages. My adventures took Kevin and me to Timbuktu where we saw sandstorms while traveling in a canoe for six days with no food, little sleep, and lots of insects!

I always heard that the good stuff is worth the fight. Now that I reflect on my year with the Odyssey, I can assure you, whoever said that was right. I would surely do it all again!

The amazing people we met throughout our travels motivated and inspired me in so many ways. But my greatest encouragement was you. Yes, you! You were with me in so many ways.

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Your future and your education, opening your heart and your mind, inspiring you to stand up and use your gifts and talents to touch the world and make a difference was my ultimate goal. Your emails and your excitement about seeing new places and learning the same history that bored me when I was a student, kept me going. The fact that we could bring everything to life for you made it all worthwhile!

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'I pray that you grow and shine your light on all the world.'
Take this trip around the world and run with it, grow from it, be inspired by all that we encountered. You are a unique gift to the world. Stand strong and always let your light shine!

Thank you for being a part of the Odyssey. I will carry you with me in my heart!



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